How SaaS Can Save Your Business Money

 When you see the acronym SaaS you may not immediately think of dollar signs, though the S's are pretty close. Yet Software as a Service, what SaaS stands for, can save business money. What is SaaS? For SaaS to save you money, you need to understand what this solution involves. Think back to a few years ago: installing software from discs was ...
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Tech Tips for Small Business Owners in 2022

A new year is a chance for a fresh beginning. To that end, try these tech tips for small business owners to kick 2022 off right. First, launch a successful new year for your business by going mobile. Agility is one of the key differentiators of a small business. Be more flexible than larger competitors by taking full advantage of cloud computing. U...
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5 Ways to Build Small-Business Efficiency with Microsoft 365

 Business productivity needs to be more than a buzzphrase today. Without technology supporting communications and process productivity, remaining competitive is difficult. You'll lack the agility and mobility needed to succeed. This article explores many ways a small business gains efficiency using Microsoft 365. You may already be aware of th...
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How to Free Up IT Resources

Business success comes from capitalizing on opportunities, except it is harder to do so if you are resource-constrained. This article explores ways to free up IT resources to drive productivity and evolution. Your business depends on information technology resources. The right software can help manage expanding workloads and improve collaboration. ...
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Top Things to Replace in Your Old School Office

 You may be in the "if ain't broke why fix it" camp. Yet even if some of your outdated office tools and technology aren't actually broken, they could be crying out for an update (if only you spoke filing cabinet, you'd know!). Here are the top things we see that businesses could upgrade to improve productivity and add security. First, let's st...
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Microsoft 365 Streamlines Business and Reduces Spend

 

 

When doing business online, you have many options for available software and systems. You might turn to one solution to handle online meetings, another to drive collaboration, and yet another to manage your content and workflow. It can get confusing. Plus, when you are duplicating tools, IT spend can mushroom unnecessarily. Microsoft 365 aims to offer a single, all-in-one solution. This article highlights the benefits of streamlining your software needs.


 

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That’s So 2010: Why Upgrade Your Office Software


Are you still using Office 2010? It may have served you well over the past decade, but this software reached its end of life in 2020. It’s time to upgrade. Here’s why and what to consider.







Software has a typical life span, after which the manufacturer turns its resources to supporting a more recent release. Support for Office 2010 ended on October 13, 2020. Microsoft no longer provides tech support, or bug or security fixes. That means there’s no protection from harmful viruses, spyware, or other malicious software. The software won’t be updated, and there’s no more phone or chat support if you run into trouble.




Cybercriminals know that Office 2010 users are on their own. They’re on the lookout for businesses relying on this legacy software. Without updates, you risk opening a document designed to leverage an unpatched exploit.




What can you do?




Move your business computers to one of the more modern Microsoft software offerings. You can choose to upgrade to the latest version of Office as a one-time purchase, or buy a Microsoft 365 subscription to the latest features, security updates, and other improvements.




The currently available version of Office, Office 2019, is available for PC or Mac. You can install Office only on one device, and you’ll get support and fixes during its lifecycle period only. New features aren’t offered.

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Adding Accountability to Remote Work


Today, businesses are embracing digital technology to enable productivity anywhere, any time. Yet ensuring accountability is a stumbling block to widespread acceptance of remote work.




Recently, COVID-19 has forced many businesses to transition quickly to working from home. Even bosses concerned about lack of control over absent employees had to make the change. Former opponents to remote work may have discovered the benefits of this approach. Employees certainly may have enjoyed the opportunity and want to keep doing it.




The good news is that technology and products are even better today for managing remote teams.




Ensuring accountability is a stumbling block to widespread acceptance of remote work.



Top Tools for Remote Work Accountability




Overall, employers need to trust their people. This is true whether they’re working on-site or from home. Still, for some supervisors, trust is easier with remote monitoring abilities.




Joint calendars are a common starting point. Microsoft 365, Google’s G Suite, and other tools allow staff to share calendars. People can still schedule personal appointments and keep those private, but the joint professional calendar lets everyone on a team stay in the know. Managers can go online to track sales meetings, client presentations, or team sessions.

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Remote Working with Office 365


Working from home is a big change in an already tumultuous time. Yet there’s a bright side. The quarantine could be your opportunity to reinvent how you work — for the better. Migrating to Microsoft Office 365 has benefits now. Plus, when you’re back to business as usual.




Working with Office 365



Office 365 is the cloud-based version of Microsoft Office. With a subscription, you get both the desktop and online versions of apps you already know. This includes Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, SharePoint, Teams, Yammer, and more.




Office 365 enables collaboration in many ways, on desktops, tablets, and smartphones. For example:




  • Outlook — primarily associated with email, but also lets you share notes and files
  • Teams — a hub for instant messaging, video conferencing and calls
  • SharePoint — an internal content management platform. SharePoint lets you customize team sites where you automate workflows and share resources
  • Yammer — a social network connecting all the users in your organization
  • OneDrive — allows users to share and co-author documents securely



Working in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and other Office Apps you can collaborate simultaneously. There’s no need to email back and forth. In fact, you can even see different people creating and editing together in real time.




Remote Work with Teams




Microsoft teams at its core is a chat program. But it does so much more. On all your devices, both iOS and Android, Teams allows “channels”. You can have company-wide or small task group channels. Or use a separate channel to instant messaging to a single person.

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Setting Your Scholar Up for Online Learning


Schools around the world have closed their doors during the COVID-19 crisis, students from nurseries through to university are being asked to learn online. It’s a change for everyone, but having the right technology in place can help with the transition.




Having the right technology in place can help with online learning.



Your student may have been using the Microsoft Office suite of software at school. If you don’t have Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint at home, check if your school is providing licenses or free software.




If not, buying a subscription to the online Microsoft 365 package allows you to pay monthly or yearly, and it’s much more affordable than in the past. One month is about the cost of two café coffees.




Otherwise, your student may be able to get work done using Google’s suite of tools. Teachers may accept links to Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides. These free options are also useful when your student needs to work on a group project. People can collaborate online in real-time using the G-Suite software.




Teleconferencing with Teachers and Peers




Your student is likely to need to download teleconferencing software such as Zoom or Skype. Beware! Cybercriminals take advantage of every opportunity. Noticing the increased demand for these services, they’ve set up bogus sites. Make sure that you are downloading from the legitimate sources: www.skype.com or www.zoom.us.

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Office 365 Web Mail

To access Office 365, web mail. go to https://outlook.office365.com

Enter your email address and password and click Sign in.

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How To Change Your Password

To change your Office 365 Password

Go to https://outlook.office.com/

Go to the top right and click on your initials (PB) – on the screen shot.

Now click on My Acocunt

Now Click on Security & Privacy

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Setting up Microsoft Exchange on Windows Phone

This is a step by step guide to setting up your Microsoft Exchange (Office 365) email account on your Windows Phone

https://youtu.be/kW6FON4p7Qo

Pull the notification tray down from the top and tap on All Settings

Tap on Accounts

Tap on “Email & App Accounts”

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Setting Up Office 365 Email on Android Setup Tutorial

https://youtu.be/YmRTqOKrrzI

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Setting Up Office 365 Email on Android Setup Tutorial

https://youtu.be/YmRTqOKrrzI

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Setting Up Office 365 Email on iOS Tutorial

https://youtu.be/7Sun8xQfAkI

 
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Setup Office 365 Email on iPhone or iPad

To set your emails up on an Apple iPhone or iPad.

Tap on Settings

Scroll down and tap on Mail

Tap on Account

Tap on Add Account

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